Hollywood mourns the passing of Ray Liotta, at the age of 67. From Martin Scorsese to Robert de Niro via Kevin Costner, there are many tributes to salute the memory of the unforgettable freedman.
It is an understatement to say that the announcement of the death of Ray Liotta is as brutal as it is sudden. Filming in the Dominican Republic for what was to be his next film, Dangerous Waters, he went to bed in his hotel room so as not to wake up again. The actor, with a very rich career even if it was not always up to his talent, was 67 years old.
In the wake of the announcement of his death, many tributes poured in, starting with that of Martin Scorsesewho had entrusted him with the unforgettable role of Henry Hill, the one who had dreamed all his life of being a gangster, in Freedmen.
“I am absolutely shocked and devastated by the sudden and unexpected death of Ray Liotta. He was so gifted, so adventurous, so brave as an actor” he wrote in a statement. “Playing Henry Hill in ‘Goodfellas’ was a huge challenge, because the character had so many different sides, so many complicated layers, and Ray was in almost every scene of a long and difficult shoot. He amazed me , and I will always be proud of the work we did together on this film. My heart goes out to his loved ones, who are grieving for his loss, which happened all too soon.”
The actress Lorraine Braccowho played his partner in the film, also reacted. “I am completely devastated to hear this terrible news about my Ray” she wrote on her Twitter account. Adding: “I can be anywhere in the world, people will come and tell me that their favorite movie is Goodfellas. Then they always ask what was the best memory of filming that movie. My answer has always been even… Ray Liotta.”
Robert de Nirohis on-screen partner, split an ultra-minimalist press release: “I was very saddened to learn of Ray’s passing. He was far too young to leave us. May he rest in peace.”
Ray Liotta was terrific in Until the end of the dreambecome a classic, in which he gave the reply to Kevin Costner. In this film, Liotta played baseball player “Socks” Joe Jackson. “Devastated to hear the news of Ray Liotta’s passing. Although he leaves an incredible legacy, he will always be “Shoeless Joe Jackson” in my heart. What happened at this point in the film was real. God gave us this waterfall. Now God has called Ray back” he writes, accompanying his message with an extract from the film and the “stunt” in question.
Jennifer Lopezwho worked with Liotta on the series Shades of Blue: a cop between two fires broadcast on NBC, reacted in a series of Tweets. “Ray was my partner in Shades of Blue…the first thing that comes to mind is that he was so nice to my kids. Ray was the epitome of a badass who was all soft inside…I guess that’s what made him such a compelling actor to watch. […]
“We’ve shared some intense moments on set over the past three years! When I first heard he was accepting the job on Shades of Blue, I was thrilled, and the first time we got on set to do our first scene together, there was an electric spark and mutual respect.”
James Mangoldwhich had given him an excellent role in the formidable Copland where he camped a crooked cop, also pays homage. “Shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Ray Liotta. Beyond the badass airs and emotions closely tied to his iconic characters, he was a sweet, playful, and passionate collaborator, and a brilliant actor.”
Edgar Wright emphasizes how great he was in Coplandbut also Narc of Joe Carnahanand even at the very beginning of his career, in the (very good) film Dangerous in all respects of Jonathan Deme. A composition that had also caught the eye of Martin Scorsese.